Friday, November 17, 2017

To Jonathan Kent Adams, art, God and love are sacred

By Devna Bose
UNIVERSITY, MS---Jonathan Kent Adams has always seen life in technicolor. “He saw beauty and color in everything, almost like he had a kaleidoscope view of life,” his mother, Ann, said about him as a child. “His heart was full of love for everyone.” And it still is. Ole Miss graduate Adams sees the beauty and love in the world and pursues it. Over time, Adams learned to express his love through art. One of his first pieces was for a grieving mother. Though Adams is still figuring out how to love himself for who he is, the love he has for his community, his God, his family and his boyfriend is unconditional and unapologetically expressed through his art and his humanity. [More]

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Tibetan pride in Ithaca, NY on Saturday, Nov. 18

By Christie Citranglo
A place of worship in the Namgyal Monastery Institute of Buddhist Studies. The Dalai Lama is photographed in the center of the shrine. (Photo: Christie Citranglo)
ITHACA---Since 1992, Ithaca has been the permanent home to a few dozen Tibetans who no longer have a home in their country. The Tibetans who moved to Ithaca arrived because of an agreement with the U.S. Congress to find a home for about 1,000 Tibetans displaced from China’s 1949 invasion. Since then the Ithaca Tibetan Association has brought Tibetan culture to Ithaca through several avenues, including a day of cultural celebration. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, St. Paul’s will fill with people new to Tibetan culture and those who have been involved with the association for years. The church transforms into a center for Tibetan culture and religion, complete with a sand mandala demonstration, Tibetan dancing and Tibetan food. [More]

Leonardo da Vinci painting of Christ sells for $450.3 million, shattering auction highs

By Robin Pogredin and Scott Reyburn
The painting ‘Salvator Mundi’ by Leonardo da Vinci at Christie’s. Credit Drew Angerer/Getty Images
NEW YORK---After 19 minutes of dueling, with four bidders on the telephone and one in the room, Leonardo da Vinci’s “Salvator Mundi” sold on Wednesday night for $450.3 million with fees, shattering the high for any work of art sold at auction. It far surpassed Picasso’s “Women of Algiers,” which fetched $179.4 million at Christie’s in May 2015. The buyer was not immediately disclosed. Earlier, 27,000 people had lined up at pre-auction viewings in Hong Kong, London, San Francisco and New York to glimpse the painting of Christ as “Savior of the World.” “This was a thumping epic triumph of branding and desire over connoisseurship and reality,” said Todd Levin, a New York art adviser. [More]

New DC museum invites visitors to 'engage' with the Bible

By Tom Gjelten
The Museum of the Bible is located near the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The entrance is flanked by large bronze doors re-creating the first page of the Book of Genesis. Jennifer Kerrigan/NPR
WASH, DC---The newest museum in Washington, D.C., is a $500 million institution dedicated to a single book. The privately funded Museum of the Bible, set to open Nov. 17, will focus on biblical history, biblical stories and the Bible's impact on the world. "We only have one mission statement," says Cary Summers, the museum president, "and that is to engage people with the Bible." Summers and other museum officials insist the institution has no sectarian or evangelical agenda, even though the museum is largely the brainchild of Steve Green, the CEO of Hobby Lobby — the family-owned craft store chain known for supporting conservative Christian causes. [More]